We Did It

Something crazy and exciting happened last week.  While getting our usual groceries, I saw the new October issue of Better Homes and Gardens was out.


You know, the one with our DIY master bathroom vanity featured in the ‘I Did It’ column?

I flipped to the back page and saw our bathroom and faces and I’m sure a huge, goofy grin crossed my face.  I resisted the urge to show others in the store.


I showed Ev and he said, “That looks like our bathroom.  Wait!  That’s you and dad!”  Cracked me up!  I’m not sure about you, but I never fully realized how much time, effort, or equipment went into styling and photographing a room.  Stylist Char and photographer Edmund showed up the first afternoon to drop off three bags of cameras and lighting tools.


The next morning, Char came in with several bags of styling goodies.  Soon after, our master bedroom was full of diffusers, stands, and other things I wouldn’t even begin to know how to use.  They had a 10 hour day of work.  Staging the accessories.  Photographing, then nit-picking over the computer.  Tweaking the rug ever so slightly.  Changing the way the towel hung.  Shifting a bottle a half in to the right.  It was so fun to observe.  Char and Edmund were awesome to chat with, too.  Lots of fun stories to hear from their glamorous lives.  After getting all the shots from their list in the master bathroom, the equipment went into the guest room for safe storage.


Oh, and we preëmptively took the doors off the hinges because the bathrooms are so small.  Edmund said it was a genius idea and made everything easier.  Day three in town, the main bathroom got a little attention.  Prop rugs, towels, jars, bins, even cotton balls.  Here’s a little peek at the first styling round of the shelves.


I did get to keep some of the goodies, too.  From the master bathroom, I still have the only three added props: a soap pump, teal hand towels, and the jute chevron rug.  The rest was already ours, just elsewhere in the house.  A few more things from the main bathroom stayed.  Lidded Jars, a few bins, and the toiletries.  All things that had been openend or tags removed.  Here’s where most of those accessories live now:

It was a wonderful experience.  Something I was so nervous about.  I asked Char a million questions about wardrobe options.  I’m usually in jeans and a t-shirt or paint covered work clothes, so fashion is far from my strong point.  Luckily, Kit, Char and Edmund were excellent at their jobs.  We’re so honored to be featured!  Thank you so much, BHG!

21 thoughts on “We Did It

  1. Congrats! I’m so happy for you the bathroom looks great in the pictures you shared! I need to stop in Target tonight and get my hands on a copy, can’t wait to see your smiling face in the mag!! Is your main bathroom being featured in another BHG publication?

    1. Hey Katrina!

      Thanks lovely! I love seeing your home in HGTV! I’ve openend it up several times, just to look at your beautiful house all over again.

      I’m not sure what they’re going to do with the other pictures they took. In fact, I don’t think they know yet. 🙂


  2. I saw that! So excited for you guys!!! Being from Billings myself I love to see a native in one of my favorite magazines!!!! Congrats!

  3. When I was grabbing my mail from the mailman a couple of days ago, my BH&G back cover flipped open to your page. Immediately I thought I know this bathroom. Then giggled as I realized it was yours. I did show it to my mailman who agreed it looked really nice. 🙂

  4. I saw that too! I got my BHG in the mail, and while flipping through, was like, wait…I know that bathroom…the blogger in me was instantly giddy for you guys. Awesome job, and so well deserved. Congratulations!


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